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New Vegetable Gardener — Soil Testing; pH and Nutrients

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It is always good to know if you have sufficient nutrients in the soil and if the soil will allow your vegetable plants to take up those nutrients. This is a simple test and should be performed once… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Irrigation and Fertilizer (Getting a Little Technical)

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This topic is very critical to the productivity of your new vegetable garden. Water and fertilizer are closely linked. Without water, nutrients (fertilizer) will not be made available to your plants. Without nutrients, water, and sunlight, plants cannot… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Plan Your Garden

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Just what do I mean by “Plan Your Garden”? We already talked about the amount of sunshine needed, close to a water source and away from trees. What more do you need to plant seeds or transplants? Lots… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Florida Soil Needs Help

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So far we have discussed the need for a new calendar for growing vegetables, answered the question if reclaimed water was safe to use in the vegetable garden, how to grow seeds into transplants, why you should grow… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Growing Vegetables from Seeds or Transplants

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It is a lot of fun to grow vegetables from seeds, and reasonably cost effective. A packet of tomato seeds may cost $2.49 (plus shipping) and you will have about 15-20 seeds in a packet. If they all germinate,… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Why You Should Plant Your Own Vegetables?

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Usually when I ask for answers to this question, I hear that there isn’t enough time or space to grow my own vegetables. But with the current “Stay at Home” order to aid in social distancing, there is plenty… Read More

Artificial Lighting for Growing Vegetables at Home

The sun is an excellent form of light and is very affordable, but it may not always be available. Growing vegetables with artificial lights provides growers with an opportunity to defeat the seasons and to grow food in… Read More

New Vegetable Gardener — Where Should You Put Your Garden?

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Vegetables grow best in full sun (at least 5-6 hours a day). The garden should be near a water source so you can maintain a moderately moist growing media (potting mix, soil or compost) throughout the gardening season…. Read More